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Vouchers yes, but with some standards

Education choices should be supported by a responsible voucher program. Students should also not be trapped in underperforming schools because their parents can’t afford what a private school can offer. However, we should know if our tax dollars are being well spent. And that requires knowing that we are funding a complete education, not religious dogma.

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Should schools use students as lobbyists?

I’m not talking about lineups of scout troops with smiling senators and Assembly members. I’m talking about rallies, about thousands of children in matching t-shirts outside the Capitol, cheering speakers who challenge the governor and legislators to pass this bill or fund that program.

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Buffalo School District finally recognizing the benefits of physical education outweigh the costs

Reading, writing and ’rithmetic may be the mainstays of public education in the United States, but without schooling in two other critical areas, all that other learning will amount to less than it should and could even affect national security. Indeed, it already as.

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Lack of spending Michigan’s K-12 problem? Probably not

Michigan’s public schools are lackluster. Students here continue to fall behind on national standardized tests. So more money must be the answer, right?

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Why proficiency testing matters in education

Recent controversies over Common Core standards have intensified the debate over high-stakes K-12 academic testing that became a national issue with President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act.

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Why your kids hate school

If kids ask you why they have to learn Algebra 2, how many of you can give a productive answer? Not most of us. If a student cannot see how something is applicable to their lives, they tune out. The Burbank school system is trying out a program this year dedicated to showing students how math actually applies to life.

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Common Core for college readiness

The assumption that disadvantaged students will go to college underprepared doesn't have to be the norm. While it's too early to definitively state whether or not the Common Core is improving student achievement, early adopters are showing great promise.

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North Carolina budget gridlock hurts schools

The delay in getting a budget approved isn’t just a problem of political dysfunction. It has serious consequences for funding public education. Local school leaders have no firm idea of how many teachers or support staff they can hire or if teaching assistants will be covered until the level of state funding is set.

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A win for educational opportunity in North Carolina

The North Carolina Supreme Court held true to the principle of "liberty and justice for all" by upholding the Opportunity Scholarship Program. This monumental decision liberates thousands of low-income children from being trapped in an inferior educational model.

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School buildings in N.J. must be repurposed to keep up with technology

New Jersey's commercial real estate has been dramatically impacted by recent technological advances, to the point that many office buildings have been closed or demolished. Now – given the proliferation of online education and mobile communications – could the same be in store for our public schools?

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